Back from holiday

I’m back from a little holiday in the winterless North, well actually it was Whangaumu Bay (Wellington Bay) on the Tutukaka Coast.

It was beautiful place and so relaxing spending some time at the beach with the family.

We went swimming everyday, collecting cockles and pips until I scouted out the locals for the tuatua spot… these are the best tuatuas I have had. They were fat juicy and plentiful and no I am not going to reveal their location.

It is however not easy getting to the tuatua beds but the reward is well worth it.

Anyway, while I was away I happeded to get the paper one day and read some truly banal journalism in the extreme.

Deborah Coddington crapping on with Winston Peters.

She has got to be one of the most shallow and self serving prima dona’s that I have ever had the misfortune to read and her fawning and lickspittle way she handled Peters was appalling.

She starts of the article by telling us she reckons the only reason she got the interview is becuase her husband is "Mr Carruthers"….banal, trite, shit.

She tries to ask the hard questions and then sooks out on the follow up.

DC: In your pre-election Rotorua speech you said you "genuinely don’t care for the baubles of office" but Fran O’Sullivan in the Herald called you a "well-paid political eunuch taking the baubles of office". What’s your reaction?

WP: I’ve been Minister of Maori Affairs, Treasurer and deputy prime minister who didn’t take any houses, cars and travelled economy to try to save this country money. That makes me unique in this country’s politics but counts for nothing with people like Fran O’Sullivan. So here I am in my third administration, I take a house and apparently I’m now a victim of the baubles-of-office syndrome. But I don’t want to waste my time with her"

What about saying, Well mr Peters that may well be what you did then, but the record shows you now have a self drive car….a Ford Territory no less couldn’t you have chosen a less conspicuous bauble. Nup, she sooks out.

Instead of going on attack on what appears to be clearly illegally obtain private communication she allows him to continue to hold "a gun" to Don Brash’s head.

DC: You say you’ve got three years of internal National Party emails [first leaked during the election campaign which revealed how the Business Roundtable and Act Party members assisted Don Brash to take the leadership from Bill English] and you’ve threatened to release these – should Dr Brash be worried?

WP: Entirely. These emails will end Don Brash’s political leadership and career.

DC: Do the emails contain personal stuff?

WP: I won’t go that far.

DC: Will it all come out?

WP: No doubt about that. 

How about….How did you obtain these emails? Why won’t you release them now? What are you waiting for Winston? Nup soft cocks out again. Winston always chucks the mud but never is around when it all starts coming back.

His perennial effort is to have at least one or two defamation suits percolating, maybe jsut for fun.

Deborah Coddington attempts to enter this but in the end scuttles out of dangerous territory.

DC: There are defamatory comments on the internet, such as those suggesting you were never sober enough to take a self-drive ministerial car – why don’t you sue?

WP: Well, I am going to sue. I’ve got someone putting all the material together for me now and sue I will. I’ve got five defamation cases going right now. For the first time in my career, I’ve decided I’m not taking any more of this.  

Winston always says he is going to sue…what happens….well I can’t for the life of me ever recall him winning one. Nevertheless that is what he does…threatens, cajols and sometines does sue all at great expense to himself and the intended target, all for what…well nothing really.


What about the people he maligns and denigrates often under the protection of parliamentary privilege….no one gets to hear their side.

All in the interview and resulting article has all the hallmarks of two has-beens nudging and winking one another and ultimately turns into waste of perfectly good newsprint.

Oh well, yesterdays news is todays fish and chip wrappers.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.